The Power of Power to Alter Mood
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.
Various new studies indicate the phrase drunk with power is accurate. Social scientists at Stanford and U.C. Berkeley say power can lower inhibitions. Not sure if it was power or alcohol that caused Mel Gibson to insist he owned Malibu when pulled over by police. Other research shows power boosts both adrenaline and serotonin levels. Maybe that's why Henry Kissinger called it the ultimate aphrodisiac. This is MORNING EDITION.